Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Snowstorm Deposition Dispute Has Cost City $1,000

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Snowstorm Deposition Dispute Has Cost City $1,000

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The city of Pittsburgh has paid $1,000 in a dispute over whether Mayor Luke Ravenstahl should be deposed for a lawsuit brought by the family of Curtis Mitchell, the 50-year-old Hazelwood man who died waiting for an ambulance during the February 2010 blizzard.

In January, Alan H. Perer, an attorney for Mr. Mitchell's daughter, Theresa Thornton, and son, Jeremiah Mitchell, attempted to depose Mr. Ravenstahl for the pair's wrongful death suit against the city and various public safety officials and paramedics.

In court papers, Mr. Perer said he gave notice Jan. 11 of his intention to depose Mr. Ravenstahl at 11 a.m. Jan. 26. He said the city initially agreed to the deposition but on the morning of Jan. 26 asked to delay his appearance until that afternoon but later said he wouldn't appear at all.

Mr. Perer asked a judge to compel Mr. Ravenstahl's appearance and to sanction the city for acting in bad faith.

The city countered that Mr. Ravenstahl lacked first-hand knowledge of Mr. …

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